Compare Versions of the Novel Factory

The Novel Factory is software for novel writers that helps smoothly handle information relating to plot, characters, locations drafts and more. 

There are currently two separate versions of the Novel Factory: Online (Web) and Windows Desktop.

The Online version of the novel writing software is a web app that runs in a browser. Users have an account that they can log into from any Internet enabled device, and always see their latest changes. There is nothing to download and the software is updated with bug fixes and new features on a rolling basis. 

The Windows Desktop version is a desktop app that must be downloaded into your computer. As it is a Windows program, it unfortunately does not run on Macs. It is sold 'as is' and is no longer updated with new features and enhancements. However, it is still supported and bug fixes are carried out.

Note - the Online and Windows Desktop versions are completely separate products which do not synchronise. 

Most of the major features and functionality are the same across the two programs, however there are some minor differences between the two.

The one major feature difference is the subplot manager, which due to technical limitations is currently only available in the Online version of the software.

See the chart below to compare the two versions in more detail (but note that this table is not exhaustive), or if you have a question about the features of the two versions that isn't answered on our website, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Novel Factory Online
Novel Factory Windows Desktop
Windows compatible
Mac compatible
Mobile compatible
Data is stored: Novel Factory Secure Servers By user
Geo-redundant Database Backups
License Monthly or annual subscription (starting at $6.25 per month) $39.99 single licence fee
Subplot Manager
Planning Section
Premise breakdown
Story skeleton editor
Plot templates
Scene synopsis editor
Character Development section
Locations section
Scenes section
Link Characters and Locations with Scenes
Distraction free writing mode  
Submissions section
Resources section
Notes section
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